Martini Petri excu [c.1560]
Engraving, sheet 195 x 245mm (7¾ x 9½"). Trimmed, losing two lines of text in Latin below image. Glued to backing sheet.
Esther, the Jewish queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus, from a series of 'Exemplary women from the Old and New Testament' after Maarten van Heemskerck (1498-1574). Heemskerck was the first Dutch artist to exploit the commercial potential of using specialist printmakers to engrave his designs, and made drawings for nearly 600 prints. His admirers included Rembrandt, who had a collection of prints after Heemskerck which sometimes inspired his own work.
[Ref: 39420] £160.00